Playlist – Kansas
Verbose as we are, there is no way we can spend the next year constantly
yelling talking to each other. Terrible as it may sound to the ears of an outsider, singing as loudly as possible is a frequent occurrence in The Highland Flinger (THF). We will make a playlist of what we’re slappin’ the air bass to. Each list will contain songs from artists/bands from the state or will allude to the state in some way.
1. Brown Bird – Amelia Earhart
There are many known facts about Amelia Earhart. For example, she was born in Atchison, Kansas and was the first woman to ever ride in an airplane, fly an airplane across the United States, and fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. (ameliaearhart.com) There are also abounding unknown facts about her life, but more specifically how (or if) it ended – Did her plane crash during her round-the-world attempt? Was she captured and imprisoned by the Japanese? Did she land unbeknownst to the general public in order to escape fame? The inconclusive evidence from the search for Amelia Earhart leaves us with an unsolved explanation (smithsonianconference.org). Oh the mysteries in history!
2. Ludo – Topeka
Ludo apparently found God in a catalytic converter in Topeka on a Monday night. I wonder how many fans of the “Love Me Dead” band actually understand this lyric? I don’t think your average person knows that a catalytic converter changes the “bad stuff” in your car (toxins) into OK stuff, which it then goes out of your exhaust pipe. They are actually an incredibly important part of your car and if they stop working can be very dangerous to you, the environment, and especially to your smog check. But, who needs to be relatable?
3. Chely Wright – Single White Female
To all of you who are resisting the online dating thing, just think – people used to put their relationship desires in the newspaper with vague descriptors like “Single white female.” Pro: You could safely assume your future suitor was literate. Con: You know NOTHING else. That’s worse than a blind date for sure.
4. Melissa Etheridge – I’m The Only One
I’ve been listening to Melissa Etheridge for 2 hours trying to decide what to say about her and there’s no issue here because her voice is amazing.
5. Tupac – How Do You Want It
Tupac was a West Coast rapper, YES. But, did you know that Bob Dole is from Kansas? So what do these two things have in common? “Mr. Bob Dole” gets a shout out in this song. And this is how you get Tupac on a Kansas playlist.
6. Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son
Remember the days when a band couldn’t figure out a name, so they just went with the name of whatever state they were from? Like Alabama before, Kansas is a classic rock legend.
7. Folk Soul Revival – Kirstie Alley At My Shoe
Kirstie Alley’s name appears nowhere in the actual song, but the chorus states I’m seeing double and I’m missing a shoe. Kirstie Alley has been the spokesperson for Jenny Craig and more recently developed a new diet program Organic Liaison, but I don’t think she ever ate shoes, guys.
8. Martina McBride – This One’s For The Girls
I can’t even remember if this song was actually the selection chosen for a women’s sports montage, however, each time WNBA or any other female sport is highlighted on TV, Mark will sing part of this song, specifically, “This one’s for the girls!” Oh, Mark and his song one-liners.
9. Bobby Watson – Bustalk
“Bustalk” was composed especially for A Bronx Tale (yet another movie I’ve never seen) by Bobby Watson, a Kansas City, Kansas native. I know enough about jazz to know I know nothing at all, so I will not be going on about the structure of the song. What I do know is internet, and Bobby Watson has an awesomely designed website: http://bobbywatson.com/
10. Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman
It has been described as the “first existential country song”, but is not about a football player from Wichita, but rather a man working on phone poles in the middle of nowhere, desperate to be at home with his love. Newspaper relationship ads, no communication with your lover due to developing telephone lines? Being in a relationship in the past was hard!
11. Damien Jurado – Kansas City
We’re not quite sure which Kansas City Mr. Jurado is crooning about here, but for the sake of this list, we’re going to go with the Kansas side. We didn’t actually have the opportunity to visit KC, but maybe we should have, given that it was one of Buget Travel’s Top Budget Travel Destinations 2012 and is also apparently the College Basketball Capital of America. Stay tuned til tomorrow when we’ll talk about our most recent College Basketball experience, including a team from Kansas.
12. Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World
We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore, but made certain to make copious Wizard of Oz references while we were there. Thunderstorms and strong winds had me terrified that we might end up in a land with flying monkeys, witches, and talking scarecrows. Every place we went, I fervently searched for the “Tornado Shelter” signs and regurgitated to Mark all of the information I learned in elementary school tornado drills. Though opening all the windows, going to the hallway, and sitting in a tight ball cannot be correct RV protocol.
13. Ray Charles – Smack Dab in the Middle
Jesse Stone, a songwriter from Kansas, wrote Smack Dab in the Middle and Charles recorded it. Lebanon, Kansas is in fact, smack dab in the middle of the contiguous United States.
14. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Alright, see if you can follow us on this one. The inventor of the first frozen carbonated drink machine, Omar Knedlik, was from Barnes, Kansas (kshs.org), which was named ICEE. Slurpees de 7/11 no doubt evolved from this invention. One summer, 7-11 stores had free songs from iTunes on the bottoms of their Slurpee cups, which blogger Sup-a-dillie-o collected and then created the “Slurpee Set” playlist from said songs. Bohemian Rhapsody was on this list. Awesome reasoning or excuse to get Queen (a British band) on an American playlist?
15. I’m From Barcelona – Charlie Parker
This song is titled Charlie Parker, who is from Kansas City, KS & a super famous jazzist. How famous was he? Charlie Parker won a Grammy for “Best Performance by a Soloist and four of his songs have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Fun Fact: In 1995 Charlie Parker was on a postage stamp.